Redemption

Redemption 10 July, 2017 Character Redemption Karma A few nights ago, my wife and I watched Emma Watson’s live-action Beauty and the Beast movie. I have to say, I was impressed. There has been a lot of talk on social media about the story itself. Distilling all...

How is your opening line?

How is your opening line? 5 May, 2017 Opening Line Cover Art Blurb You’re browsing books and the cover art of one book catches your eye. You pick it up and read the blurb on the back cover and it sounds like something you’d like to read. You open to the first chapter...

Writers Need to Read

Writers Need to Read 24 January, 2017 Writing Reading Learning Genre Writers need to read. You’ve probably heard that before. It’s true. You may believe it, or profess to believe it, but have you taken it to heart? There is a saying, often worded differently,...

Magic is Real

Magic is Real 13 December, 2016 Magic Reading When I was a child, I loved to have books read to me. Some of my earliest memories are of my dad reading to me from a book of children’s poems. My favorite poem was called “Little Orphant Annie” by James Whitcomb...

What is Fantasy?

What is Fantasy 30 January, 2014 Fantasy   A few days ago, I read a comment on Facebook in which a person said that Fantasy was not something that she normally read. She was surprised that a Fantasy book she had won in a giveaway wasn’t at all what she had...

My rules for writing fiction

My Rules for Writing Fiction 28 January, 2014 topics can be listed here I have seen memes, quotations, and other comments regarding rules for writing. Many are variations on “there are no rules for writing”. Rules that work for one person may not work for another. I...